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What the Heck Is This?

Today's image is a tough one to decipher. You'll probably need a couple hints.

The rainbow colors offer a clue to the thing's name. 2nd hint: This creature was in the news recently (that's actually two hints).

Give up? Continue below for the full-size image and a description…

This creature, a rainbow toad, had not been seen for 87 years until scientists found and photographed it recently in a remote forest in Borneo, then announced their find July 13. Researchers had only some illustrations to indicate the creature ever existed.

"When I saw an email with the subject 'Ansonia latidisca found' pop into my inbox I could barely believe my eyes," said Robin Moore of Conservation International, adding that an attached image proved the unbelievable finding. "The species was transformed in my mind from a black and white illustration to a living, colorful creature."

An adult female of the Borneo rainbow toad, spanning just 2 inches (51 mm) in length, hadn't been spotted for 87 years. (Image credit: © Indraneil Das )

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Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.